Friday, December 17, 2004

Shades of Saigon

Pilfered from Steve Goddard:

Parallels to Iraq

Lest you think the mess in Fallujah has no precedent, The Nation re-runs a 1968 column on the losses caused by misdirected fire in the Vietnam War:

"Just before Saigon's police chief, Col. Nguyen Van Luan, was killed by a misfired American rocket, he noted bitterly that U.S. air strikes in the city's suburbs were helping the enemy more than hurting them. The Vietcong has no Air Force of his own so he uses ours," he said a week prior to his death--a remark which must be classed as one of the most ironic of the war."

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